Solar@Scale Session 1: Solar@Scale Guidebook Overview
Recorded On: 01/27/2022
Solar power is the cheapest form of new energy in many parts of the country, and future demand for large solar power facilities will be widespread. Join this webinar for an introduction to a new in-depth guidebook designed to help local government practitioners—including planners, economic development professionals, local government managers, and elected and appointed officials—make decisions that improve large-scale solar development outcomes. Learn about key themes that inform the guidebook’s approach and how to put this new resource to use in your community or the communities you serve.
Mary Aitken Reilly
Land Use Educator, Michigan State University
Mary Reilly is a land use educator with Michigan State University Extension. She serves northwest lower Michigan but also travels statewide to provide specialized training programs on request. Mary has over 20 years of experience in planning and zoning. She served as the Mason County Zoning and Building Director for 14 years. Mary has extensive experience with renewable energy issues, and is coauthor of a new guide for local officials in Michigan on planning and zoning for solar energy systems. Prior to moving back to Michigan, Mary was a tribal planner for Jicarilla Apache Nation in Dulce, New Mexico and also worked in the private and non-profit sectors as a planner. Mary holds a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor of science in Natural Resources and Ecology from the University of Michigan.
Program Manager, Sustainability Team, National League of Cities
Nick Kasza is a Program Manager on the Sustainability Team at the National League of Cities. Nick provides local governments with the resources and solutions they need to become more sustainable and resilient. His primary responsibility at NLC is to support the SolSmart program which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. As part of the SolSmart team, Nick recruits new communities to participate in the program, creates best practice resources, and provides technical assistance to help local governments achieve designation. He is a member of the Solar@Scale Advisory Committee and has 10 years of experience with solar energy development and technical assistance.